Greer's playoff run came to an end Friday night as York downed the host Yellow Jackets 69-64 in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
Greer ended its season with a 12-13 mark and a Region 3-AAA title. York (18-7) advances to the Upper State semifinals and will host Southside, a 58-48 winner over Daniel, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday
"Our guys worked real hard to get where they are right now," said Greer coach Jeff Neely. "Nobody gave us a chance, but we won a region championship and had a chance to go to the third round (of the state playoffs) had we done a few things differently. I blame myself for that."
LaBrian Shiftlet's two free throws gave Greer a 58-57 lead with three minutes, six seconds to play, but Devin Johnson answered with his second 3-pointer of the quarter, handing the Cougars a 60-58 lead and put York ahead for good with 2:28 remaining.
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The Cougars hit 6 of 8 free-throw attempts over the final 23 seconds and got a key offensive rebound from Reggie Mcclain on a missed free throw as the Cougars clung to a 63-62 lead with 29 seconds to play.
York outrebounded the Yellow Jackets 42-31 on the night and had a 23-8 edge in the first half.
"It was huge. It came down to that in the second half," York coach Kendall McCarter said of his team's work on the boards. "We persevered and it got to where we wore them down a little and could start taking them off the dribble. Then, we hit our free throws down the stretch, and that was huge."
Joseph Neely led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points and Shiftlet scored 18, including seven in the fourth quarter. York's Jerry Holmes led all scorers with 22 points, while Mcclain scored 15, including six on second-chance baskets.
York jumped out to a 32-22 lead - the largest advantage held by either team - with 2:33 left in the first half, but Greer answered with a 9-2 run to end the half and cut York's lead to 34-31.
Greer tied the game at 41-41 on Joseph Neely's 3-pointer with 3:38 left in the third quarter.
The game was tied four more times and the lead changed hands four times before York could salt away the victory.
Greer stretched a lead to 54-50 on Jihad Lateef's runner in the lane with 6:20 to play, but Johnson answered immediately with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 54-53.
"We didn't think they were done, but we had some confidence," said Greer senior center Tre Oliver, who finished with 11 points.
York -- Jerry Holmes 22, Azivelle Smith 6, Devin Johnson 11, Luke Lancaster 4, Zach Sharp 2, Tony Thomason 7, Reggie McClain 15, Brandon Hagins 2.
Greer -- Lateef 9, Neely 19, Lamb 2, Gentry 5, Shiflet 18, Oliver 7.
3-pointers -- York 6 (Smith 2, Johnson 2, Thomason, Holmes), Greer 5 (Neely 3, Shiflet, Lateef). Team fouls -- York 24, Greer 15. Fouled out -- none.
Records: York 18-7 (Will play winner of Southside/Daniel on Tuesday)